Venue First Unitarian Church 605 Morewood Ave Pittsburgh PA 15213 (Entrance on Ellsworth Ave)
Degenerate Art Concert
A recital of music repressed in World War II-era Germany, both decadent and delicious, including works by Kurt Weill, Paul Dessau, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Franz Schreker and others, sung by members of the Young Professional Artists Program.
PAUL DESSAU (1894-1979) Paul Dessau was born in Hamburg on 19 December 1894. His grandfather was a synagogue cantor. He first took up violin lessons at the age of 6, and from 1910 to 1912 he attended the Klindworth-Scharwenka Conservatory. Afterwards he chose conducting as his career and in 1912 he started at the Hamburg City Theatre as a vocal coach. From 1919, among other theatre engagements, he was engaged by Otto Klemperer at the Cologne Opera, and later moved to the City Opera in Berlin under Bruno Walter.
Meanwhile his composing career also produced an abundance of works. Soon he was attracted by the new medium, film, and started a prominent career as music director at various film theatres. During this period, he strove to bring new music and sound techniques into film. His first experiment in sound movies, Episode, entered the 1929 Baden-Baden festival, where he had met Bertolt Brecht for the first time two years before. While his major output was film music, there were also concert pieces as well as works for proletarian children's choirs.